London, March 19, 2015— In honor of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s effort to retreat from his declared opposition to a Palestinian state, we offer today’s essential Hebrew lesson:

Frier–( pronounced fry-ehr) (Slang) Definition: Sucker. Frequent use: Do I look like a frier to you? Possibly what President Obama said to Netanyahu on the phone today.

Being duped is something Israelis really, really don’t like. Taking someone else for a frier is another thing altogether. For the moment Obama seems not to want to play the frier role. Here’s NYT story.

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